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Forum: Open Discussion May 6, 2014, 8:52 am
Replies: 25
Views: 4,587
Posted By piperchar
Re: Morel hunting locations

I agree Jon. Gotta keep those spots under lock and key. We are headed up north for week of camping and mushroom hunting with some friends. It is the highlight of my year to get out in the woods,...
Forum: Open Discussion May 5, 2014, 10:14 am
Replies: 30
Views: 4,748
Posted By piperchar
Re: Leaving small morels to grow

A few years ago, we took our pop-up camper to a State Park in the northern part of the lower peninsula, and did some mushroom hunting. We left the camper there, came back home for three days, then...
Forum: Open Discussion May 1, 2014, 3:15 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,897
Posted By piperchar
Re: Mesh bags in Michigan?

I like to use the lingerie washing bags that you can buy at Walmart. They are softer than the onion bags, and are gentler on the fragile mushrooms. Just put a cord through the zipper pull, and it...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 21, 2014, 5:54 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 3,292
Posted By piperchar
Re: Finding blacks in southwest Michigan

I have never really looked for specific kinds of trees, only hardwood stands with low undergrowth. I was told that oak stands produce leaves that are too acidic for morels, yet whenever I go on You...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 20, 2014, 2:24 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 3,292
Posted By piperchar
Re: Finding blacks in southwest Michigan

I have been finding blacks in Oakland Co. for the past 35 years. You just have to know where to look!!
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 25, 2013, 8:36 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 627
Posted By piperchar
Re: weather

Hi Paul, We were in Lexington Monday-Tuesday, and it didn't even look close to morel season. We are going to wait about two weeks before we check our spot in Sanilac co. The warmer weather this...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 15, 2013, 8:06 am
Replies: 16
Views: 2,454
Posted By piperchar
Re: Effect of Ash Borer on morels

I'm not so sure that the emerald ash borer will have devasted all of the ash trees in Michigan. Dutch elm disease was supposed to have wiped out all of the elm tress in the 1950's, and now they have...
Forum: Open Discussion Mar 19, 2013, 9:31 am
Replies: 6
Views: 530
Posted By piperchar
Re: Scouting

Josh, unfortunately, the morels don't read the books and lore about where they are supposed to grow, and enjoy surprising us every year. My philosophy is to look in the woods, and hope I get lucky....
Forum: Open Discussion Feb 25, 2013, 10:19 am
Replies: 6
Views: 1,319
Posted By piperchar
Re: Do turkeys eat morels?

Thanks everyone for your replies. I have indeed taken the wash water from morels and dumped it in the woods, but so far no morels. I won't give up though. I have read in a number of sources that...
Forum: Open Discussion Feb 20, 2013, 9:59 am
Replies: 6
Views: 1,319
Posted By piperchar
Do turkeys eat morels?

I've been surfing YouTube, and two of the videos are saying that you won't find any morels in areas populated with a lot of turkeys, since they eat them. Does anyone know this to be a fact? Has...
Forum: Open Discussion Feb 13, 2013, 9:04 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,049
Posted By piperchar
Re: Dreaming of Mushrooms

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who dreams of morels!! To bide my time until morel season arrives, I have been going on YouTube and watching videos of morels hunters. Ahhhhh, If I could...
Forum: Open Discussion May 20, 2012, 1:18 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,598
Posted By piperchar
Re: Do deer eat morels?

Seeing is believing!! You are probably right about how the deer do not actually seek them out, but will eat them if it is convenient. Boy, did they ever pass up some big juicy yellows last week in...
Forum: Open Discussion May 20, 2012, 10:11 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,598
Posted By piperchar
Re: Do deer eat morels?

It seems to me that if deer ate morels, the woods would be barren. I cannot imagine a deer passing up some of the huge yellows that we found this week, if they do indeed eat them. One year, while...
Forum: Open Discussion May 10, 2012, 3:05 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 978
Posted By piperchar
Verpas

Has anyone seen any verpas this year? The woods where we hunt up north is usually full of them, but this year, we have not seen even one. They are usually a sign that the morel season is good. We...
Forum: Open Discussion May 10, 2012, 12:18 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 593
Posted By piperchar
Re: seeking the elusive morel

We just came back yesterday from three days of camping in Ogema Co. and found 18 blacks, 1 grey, and 1 white. Of the blacks, only three were slightly dry, otherwise they were very fresh. The...
Forum: Open Discussion May 3, 2012, 2:53 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 723
Posted By piperchar
Re: whites are getting old

OMG!! 20lbs in one trip out is a small harvest?? I should be so lucky!! Congratulations on a great haul. We are headed up north camping for about 5 days, and if we are only do half that well, we...
Forum: Open Discussion May 2, 2012, 5:54 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 1,415
Posted By piperchar
Re: Metro Park morel picking

Thanks Jon. Hopefully your voice of reason will put this to rest.
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 18, 2012, 6:25 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 1,435
Posted By piperchar
Re: can i get a point in the right direction?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that you were not supposed to pick anything in the Metroparks.
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 18, 2012, 8:35 am
Replies: 3
Views: 840
Posted By piperchar
Re: Black Morels out yet?

We were in Ogema Co. last week, and it was as dry as a tinder box. We went to three different spots where we ususally find morels, and it was barren. We stopped at a convenience store and asked for...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 17, 2012, 8:28 am
Replies: 5
Views: 552
Posted By piperchar
Re: Mushroom flashdrive anyone??

If it's not a morel mushroom, I don't want it . . . . but, let's see, how many lbs. of morels would we have to sell to come up with $37,000? At $35/lb, thats 1057 lbs. Get pickin' Jon!!!
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 14, 2012, 9:17 am
Replies: 31
Views: 2,523
Posted By piperchar
Re: Smelling mushrooms

Wow, I think you people are part bloodhound!! There is an article in the April 2012 edition of Woods-n-Water News, by a guy named Joe Lunkas. He says,
"From a distance, I could smell the sweet,...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 8, 2012, 11:05 am
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By piperchar
Re: Happy Easter Everyone!

Let's not forget our Jewish friends. Chag Sameach Pesach to you and yours, and L'shana haba'a bi Yerushala'yim!!
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 3, 2012, 8:20 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 916
Posted By piperchar
Re: Morel Morals

I do not hunt in close proximity to other hunters. If I see a car parked at the side of the road where I want to hunt, I will drive on, and park 1/4 mile or so further on. When one encounters...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 2, 2012, 1:12 pm
Replies: 7
Sticky: Hunting Tips
Views: 9,316
Posted By piperchar
Re: Hunting Tips

Good information!! About being lost--I bought a Bushnell BackTrack last year, and it is great. I also carry a Coleman compass-whistle-container combination, with matches inside. It has a string to...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 1, 2012, 6:56 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,104
Posted By piperchar
Re: It's that time of year again... early.

Drove up to our spot in Ogemaw Co today, but didn't find a thing. We checked three different spots where we have always found mushrooms in the past, but came up empty. We went into the local...
Forum: Open Discussion Mar 31, 2012, 9:35 am
Replies: 1
Views: 810
Posted By piperchar
Re: Before you believe a report...

Shucks, here I thought I would win $640 million in the mega lottery, then I could hire all of you who have your secret spots, and you could pick hundreds of mushrooms for me. I didn't win this time,...
Forum: Open Discussion Mar 30, 2012, 5:03 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 945
Posted By piperchar
Re: What a nice day for a walk in the woods!

We were going to go to some wooded property in Oakland Co that my nephew owns, but when we saw the snow start, we said forget it. We'll head up north on Monday and come home with the mother lode!! ...
Forum: Open Discussion Mar 27, 2012, 10:17 am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,687
Posted By piperchar
Morels and oak trees

Has anyone had any luck in finding morels in stands of oak trees? We are surrounded by what would seem to be a perfect woods, but it is all oak trees. I have never found even one. I recall someone...
Forum: Open Discussion Mar 27, 2012, 9:17 am
Replies: 7
Views: 767
Posted By piperchar
Re: fresh rain question

Yeah Jon, me too. I went about three times to their dinners. They were expensive, but nice. When it comes right down to it though, nothing is better than coming back from a day in the woods,...
Forum: What a Joke! Mar 23, 2012, 8:13 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,711
Posted By piperchar
Re: MSU vs UofM

This proud MSU alum loves it!! GO GREEN!!
Forum: Open Discussion Mar 23, 2012, 8:06 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 767
Posted By piperchar
Re: fresh rain question

A number of years ago, I attended a morel dinner at the Fenton Hotel. The guest speaked was a mycologist (mushroom specialist) from MSU. She did time lapse photography of a morel growing in her...
Forum: Open Discussion May 15, 2011, 3:35 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,100
Posted By piperchar
Re: Turkey & Deer

I agree, if I'm out and all I have is a plastic bag, I will use it, but for someone who claims to be a seasoned morel hunter, and who is posting an instructional video on YouTube, I would think that...
Forum: Open Discussion May 15, 2011, 1:29 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,100
Posted By piperchar
Re: Turkey & Deer

We have a lot of wild turkeys which visit our yard from fall to spring. Their scratching does indeed make a mess of the surroundings. I cannot imagine deer eating morels. They would devour the...
Forum: Open Discussion May 15, 2011, 9:25 am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,100
Posted By piperchar
Turkey & Deer

I just finished watching a video on YouTube of a guy who was picking morels. First of all, he was putting them in a plastic bag, which told me that he really didn't know what he was doing. ...
Forum: Open Discussion May 8, 2011, 8:32 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 653
Posted By piperchar
Re: nothing south of lansing yet for me

My favorite thing to do on Mother's Day is look for morels. My friend and I met at a spot in Oakland Co. where we have found them in the past. We walked through the woods for three hours, and...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 24, 2011, 3:19 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 755
Posted By piperchar
Re: Mushroom hunting tip reaveled

You are so right!! I hate it when I go into a woods, and see all these large morel stumps!! UGH--a day late and a morel short . . . . .
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 24, 2011, 3:16 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 446
Posted By piperchar
Re: ash tree stumps ???

Yes, we had two ash trees cut down at our cottage in Sanilac Co, and the next year, there was one yellow by one stump, and one black at the other. I'm hoping for a bumper crop this year. None so...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 14, 2011, 9:24 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 812
Posted By piperchar
Re: Any finds in the tri-county area?

I was out in southern Genesee Co. today, and only found some very small gilled mushrooms. That is a good sign though. I'm thinking that with the rain this weekend, we might begin to find some small...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 14, 2011, 5:15 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,709
Posted By piperchar
Re: Hey Folks,

Morels don't read the literature that tells them where they are supposed to grow. I have found them growing along the roadside, in gravel, under pine trees, in a cemetery, right out in the open,...
Forum: Open Discussion May 20, 2008, 11:03 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,620
Posted By piperchar
Hi Nancy, If you are looking for a great...

Hi Nancy,
If you are looking for a great scientific book, get "Morels" by Michael Kuo, University of Michigan press. I just got a copy from Amazon. com. It has photos of a morel's DNA, and...
Forum: Open Discussion May 15, 2008, 7:42 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,410
Posted By piperchar
I always have dreams about finding oodles of...

I always have dreams about finding oodles of morels at the beginning of the season. This has been going on for years. One of these years, I'm going to hit the mother lode, just like in my dreams!!
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 21, 2008, 4:12 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 831
Posted By piperchar
Larry and I went to junior high and high school...

Larry and I went to junior high and high school together. We both graduated from Berkley High School in 1967. He was rather shy back then, but was great on the basketball court!! I ran into him at...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 21, 2008, 9:38 am
Replies: 3
Views: 534
Posted By piperchar
Uhh oh, here comes da judge!!

Uhh oh, here comes da judge!!
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 21, 2008, 9:36 am
Replies: 3
Views: 534
Posted By piperchar
I'm new to the forum, and happened to go on last...

I'm new to the forum, and happened to go on last night just before I went to bed. I had dreams of morels all night long, so I'm going out today to see what I can muster up. Think I'll try going to...
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